This Nylon+GF30 glass fiber reinforced Nylon 6 Copolymer (PA6) is nothing less than an industrial-grade beast! Formulated to be exceptionally stiff and strong, all without being brittle. Polyamides (PA) are the work horse of the plastics industry the world over thanks to their excellent mechanical, chemical, and thermal resistance. The addition of heavy glass fiber reinforcement takes it to the next level.
Glass Fiber Reinforced Filament
What Is It?
Fibers made of glass reinforced into the polymer during manufacturing and aligned along the axis of filament. This, along with their physical makeup, give this material enormous strength and mechanical properties.
What Does It Do?
Glass fiber reinforcement gives material a lot of desirable properties:
- High strength
- High stiffness
- High chemical resistance
- Low thermal expansion
How Does It Work?
Reinforcing plastic with glass fibers produces a 3D printing filament which exhibits the best properties of both fiberglass and the plastic of choice.
What Is It Good For?
Ideal for any applications which require strength and rigidity. For these reasons, glass fiber reinforced filament is very popular in automotive, mechanical, civil engineering, and research industries.
- Printable on practically any 3D printer with a heated bed
- Ideal for structural engineering-grade applications
- exceptionally stiff and strong, without being brittle
- Excellent chemical resistance makes it suitable for automotive and industrial applications
- Resists fuels, lubricants, heat and mechanical loading
- High thermal properties keep it strong up to 170°C in use, depending on printing and mechanical loads applied
- Glass fiber reinforcement improves dimensional stability, reduces shrinkage, lift, and warp
- Very strong layer bonding
- 1.75mm +/- 0.05mm in diameter
- 750g weight
- Extruder: 280 - 280°C
- Bed Temperature: 60 - 75°C
- Nozzle: We currently recommend a hardened steel nozzle with a minimum diameter of 0.4mm
- Bed Prep: Dimafix 3D Printing Adhesive Pen
- Other: Ideal layer height is 60% of nozzle diameter. We do not recommend printing layers smaller than 0.25mm with glass fiber reinforced filaments
- Heated Chamber: Not required, but a 30 - 80°C chamber does improve layer bonding and finished part mechanical properties
- Supports: AquaTek™ water soluble X1 USM Universal Support Material works for complex parts.
- Drying Instructions: 90°C for 4 hours
This material is particularly abrasive among 3D printing filaments. Users may find standard brass nozzles are chewed through very quickly compared to standard wear and tear. When worn through, the nozzle diameter will widen inconsistently and the printer will experience extrusion issues. Because of this it's strongly recommended this material be printed through a hardened steel nozzle rather than a softer material. Hardened steel nozzles can often be inexpensive and easily installed depending on your printer manufacturer's instructions.